Enjoy mysterious Saudi Arabia
Mysterious and unknown, for many people these are the most common words to describe Saudi Arabia. For years the country was closed off to any form of tourism and foreigners were only allowed to come to work or to make a pilgrimage. This has changed since 2019, and curious tourists are slowly starting to visit the Kingdom. Join our tour and discover the famous cities of Riyadh and Jeddah, and less known places like Al Ula, Ha’il and Medina. Soon you will notice that it is a very hospitable country and that the people are curious and proud to be able to present their country to you.
|Start date||Saturday 11 February 2023|
|End date||Saturday 18 February 2023|
|Days||8 days / 7 nights|
Transportation on the ground
Western & local guide
Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Single room (€ 400)
Tips for the guide
Saturday 11 February – Riyadh
- Arrival in the capital Riyadh, on this day an airport pick-up is included.
- At six o’clock you will meet the group at the hotel.
- Overnight stay in Riyadh.
Sunday 12 February – Riyadh – Jebel Fihrayn
- Al Masmak Fort, an old mud brick fort. The fort was one of the most important places in the creation of present-day Saudi Arabia.
- Al Zal Souk, this market has a wide variety of products for sale, a good place to get a real sense of the country.
- We’ll see Deera Square, also known as Chop Chop Square.
- We drive into the desert, outside Riyadh.
- Highlight: Arrival at Jebel Fihrayn, also known as The Edge of the World. A beautiful nature reserve (Jabal Tuwaiq) with large, deep ravines where you have an infinite view on the horizon. In the distance you can see dry rivers and camels.
- Overnight stay in Riyadh.
Monday 13 February – Riyadh – Ushgayer – Buraidah
- National Museum, the most important museum about the entire history of Saudi Arabia.
- Highlight: Kingdom Tower (the bottle opener), the most famous building in Riyadh.
- Drive to Al Turaif, this was the former capital of the Saudi dynasty from 1744 to 1818.
- Drive to Ushgayer.
- Highlight: Walk around the heritage village of Ushgayer. Here you’ll get an idea of life in Saudi Arabia around 100 years ago. You’ll see the small streets and squares, where locals still gather around for a tea.
- We continue our drive to Buraidah.
- Overnight stay in Buraidah.
Tuesday 14 February – Buraidah – Ha’il
- Highlight: Early wake up, as we head for the famous Camel Market. It’s the largest camel market in the world and truly a unique experience.
- We continue our drive through the dessert to Ha’il.
- We’ll explore A’arif Fort, originally build to protect the city.
- We head towards Jabal Al Samra Park, from here we’ll have a fantastic view of Ha’il.
- Overnight stay in Ha’il.
Wednesday 15 February – Ha’il – Al Ula
- We begin the 4 hour drive towards Al Ula.
- Upon arrival in Al Ula we’ll start with the sights around the area.
- Visit Dedan, Ikma Mountain, one of the most important archaeological sites in the area and known as the largest ‘open library’.
- Discover two tombs, which are decorated with two carved lions.
- Highlight: See the Elephant Rock (Jabal Al Fil).
- Watch the amazing sunset over the area.
- Overnight in a nearby farm, could be in the guest house with shared facilities or camping.
Thursday 16 February – Al Ula – Maidan Saleh – Medina
- Highlight: Visit to Madain Saleh (Hegra), the most famous landmark in Saudi Arabia. It looks similar to Petra in Jordan, as it was on the same caravan route.
- We return to the car and start our 3.5h drive towards Medina, the second holiest city in Islam.
- Overnight stay Medina.
Friday 17 February – Medina – Jeddah
- We’ll visit the International Fair and Museum of the Prophet’s Biography and Islamic Civilization, centrally located in Medina.
- Walk down Qiba Street, which connects the Holy Mosque and the Qiba Mosque, both are very important for the Islam, the first place was the birth house and grave of prophet Mohammed and the other place being the first mosque ever built.
- Explore Medina’s walking street, full with traditional shops and restaurants.
- We head to the train station for the high speed train to Jeddah.
- Arrival in Jeddah, the most progressive city of the country.
- Highlight: Walk through old Jeddah (Al Balad). Here you will find beautiful, colourful houses reminiscent of the old times of Jeddah as a lively harbour town.
- Coral houses, these are the most colourful houses in the city. Unfortunately they are not all in good condition anymore.
- See the first school and first hotel in Saudi Arabia.
- Overnight stay in Jeddah.
Saturday 18 February – Jeddah
- Airport drop off.
- End of the tour.